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Sunday, 14 June 2015 01:00

Of weather and needle bearings

14Jun15


It has always been a British tradition not just to talk about “the weather” (“Britain has no climate, only Weather. Discuss” was an exam question that my old geography master used to trot out about once a week)  but to mock the efforts of those whose job it is to forecast it. Meteorology  (which surely ought to be the study of meteors, not weather) in the UK probably reached its nadir when Mr Fish declared that there would be no hurricane, but over the last few years I have come to the conclusion that they doing it pretty well.

Published in 2015 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 07 June 2015 01:00

Of a bridge over troubled waters

7th June 2015


As regular readers will know, the weekly title for this blog – other than it always begins with “Of ..” is often a complete blank right up until I finish the closing paragraph.  This week however, the title became obvious by Friday night, and I will leave you to decide which of us resembles Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel.   

Published in 2015 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 31 May 2015 01:00

Of Exodus

31 May 15

I picked the title this week and wondered whether to start off with a  “hell fire and brimstone” sermon. You know the sort of thing, you can find it on obscure satellite and cable channels, with some smartly-suited guy sat behind a desk, pronouncing how Man has lost his way and only by following the word of the Lord (or his interpretation of it) in the 'good book' (pick title of yours or his choices) can we redeem ourselves and gain ever-lasting salvation. (And there's a thought, we all know what is meant by the “good book”, but what would we understand to be meant by a  “bad book”?) But then sermons aren't really my style.  Meandering reminiscences, technical dissertations, maybe, but sermonising on Weekend Rails? Hardly.

Published in 2015 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 17 May 2015 01:00

Of purlinations

17th May 2015

Some months ago I talked about an old photograph I had acquired at a table-top sale at the school nearby, which showed a Hudswell,Clarke 3ft gauge 0-4-0ST on the contract that laid a water main through Chatsworth, and resolved once and (I hope) for all the identity of the loco, for the authority on such waterworks lines, the late Harold Bowtell, had concluded it was something else.

Published in 2015 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 03 May 2015 01:00

Of paddling pools and codelights

3rd May 2015

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Published in 2015 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 26 April 2015 01:00

Of purlins and guano

26th April 2015

Golly, Sunday again already. It hardly seems a week since I was sat here writing this. The grandson was returned to his mother's on Tuesday, restoring tranquility to the Briddon Country Pile for another couple of weeks, and you'd think from that all manner of things could progress once again, and you'd be right, and then again wrong.

Published in 2015 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 12 April 2015 01:00

Of camera-toting enthusiasts

12th April 2015

A fair amount of variety in the illustrations this week, and for most of them, I must thank Steph as she has been around to record some of what has been going on. That of course means that even camera-shy me has turned up in a few, but I hope that won't put you off your breakfast/lunch/dinner.

Published in 2015 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 05 April 2015 01:00

Of station layouts and out and abouts

5th April 2015


Ah, a portion of my faith in human nature has been restored. For in the latest Railways Illustrated has appeared a picture of 03 901 taken during the lunch break on the February 28th tour, and a write up to go with it that has managed to get all the details correct.

Published in 2015 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 22 March 2015 00:00

Of LEDs, tachos and squiggly bits

22nd March 2015

It's coming up to my financial year end and the order book is looking very healthy with new customers and active old ones. You don't really want to know all this but it serves to explain why work on Andrew's locos and the shed really has moved back to being a weekend thing again.

Published in 2015 Jan-Mar
Sunday, 08 March 2015 00:00

Of catches.

8th March 2015

My faith in human nature is being brought into question. I mean, three brake vans full of camera-toting enthusiasts, and doesn't common-sense tell you that at least  one would have posted up a picture on Flickr or a video clip on you-tube? There must be thirty or forty on Flickr from visitors who did a tour on the 7th February, yet the lot we took round last Saturday, when 03 901 and I were in command – is there one single picture showing the loco or even my smiling/scowling face at the cab window? Despite a whole week of checking all the usual tags – not a sausage.

Published in 2015 Jan-Mar
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